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FHLBank Pittsburgh's Public Policy Network (PPN) is a coalition of housing, economic development and financial industry advocates. Membership is free and includes invitations to events with members of Congress, monthly policy updates and quarterly conference calls featuring industry experts.

Public Policy Updates

Stay up-to-date on issues facing housing, economic development and the FHLBanks with Allison Karakis' monthly policy updates.

August 2022

With just days remaining until August recess, Congressional Democrats had largely given up on passing any major legislation. So, the announcement of a deal between Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin surprised nearly everyone. 

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March 2022

Congress started 2022 with a long list of difficult policy items including those related to pandemic recovery and high inflation. Unexpected items, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a vacancy on the Supreme Court, quickly changed the focus.

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January 2022

The start of the new year brings an increased focus on the midterm elections as primary ballot deadlines loom. For many elected officials, the primary election is their biggest hurdle as they face opposition from within their own party. This creates increased urgency for Democrats to pass President Biden’s major legislative priorities, but narrow majorities continue to hamper that effort.

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October 2021

Negotiations among House and Senate Democrats on the budget reconciliation bill have stretched on for another month despite hopes that a deal was within reach. Urgency to pass large portions of President Biden’s domestic agenda continues to increase as limited legislative days remain until the new year brings increased focus on the elections.

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September 2021

Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate had planned for a perfectly choreographed path to pass President Biden’s legislative agenda, anticipating some obstacles along the way. However, instead of obstacles they have run into many significant roadblocks from both the moderates and progressives within the Democratic Party.

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July 2021

Many Democrats in Congress are frustrated by the months-long, bi-partisan infrastructure negotiations that seem to have made little progress. With control of the presidency and both chambers of Congress, the party has a growing sense of urgency to move President Biden's agenda forward before the mid-term elections.

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May 2021

According to AAA®, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day weekend. This is an increase of 60% from last year and 34 million of those planning to travel will drive. While many Americans will enjoy their much-needed vacation, few will be dwelling on the ongoing infrastructure spending debate in Washington. Congress too will be in recess but will continue negotiations in earnest.

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April 2021

Orange cones are appearing across the country as spring ushers in highway construction season to upgrade the more than four million miles in the U.S. highway system. Road closures and traffic will cause driver frustration which serves as an appropriate backdrop for the debate in Washington over infrastructure spending that will likely be long and difficult.

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Allison Karakis, Government Relations Director
Office: 412-288-7302
allison.karakis@fhlb-pgh.com

Allison Karakis, who joined FHLBank Pittsburgh in 2015, manages FHLBank Pittsburgh in-district government relations program, the Public Policy Network.
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